Nick Saban looks on with his arms crossed.

Don’t Be Fooled: For Nick Saban and Others, the 2020 Season Is All About the Money

Brandon Viall Editorials

Dear Nick Saban, In late August, Rob Parker of Deadspin quoted you uttering something that made me do a double take. I was so shocked I had to read it twice because I couldn’t believe my own eyes. You said, and I quote, “This is about the players. Everybody acts like we want to play for the money. We want to …

All Aboard the Trolley of Make-Believe: Let’s Cap Coaches’ Salaries!

Brandon Viall Editorials

Fellow readers, I’m going to let you in on a little secret about myself.  I’m a dreamer and a rule breaker!   You see, I woke this morning pondering a possibility that may be legally impossible, morally questionable, but that is–from this sports fan’s perspective at least–quite fascinating. Join me, if you will, aboard Mr. Rogers’s Trolley of Make-Believe as we …

Why Allowing College Athletes to Profit Off Their Name, Image and Likeness Is the Right Call

Brandon Viall Editorials

There is a little known fact about the original Olympians: they were paid! You read that right. These athletes were not “amateur” in the purist sense, and neither are today’s college athletes. The hard truth a lot of people don’t want to accept is that amateurism in college athletics is a myth, and, really, this isn’t a new argument. However, some …